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USA: Faith-based investors urge companies to support health care reform - many do

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14 January 2009

2009: The Year of Health Care Reform? - Faith-Based Investors See Doubling of Related Shareholder Resolutions, Growing Public Support From Corporate America

Author: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)...reported today that:
* The number of health care reform shareholder resolutions at major corporations will rise...to 26 in the proxy season for 2009, including such top companies as American Express, Ford, Qualcomm, Staples, Verizon, Yum! Brands Inc.; and
* The ranks of top U.S. companies publicly embracing principles for health care reform now stands at more than 12, including Starbucks..., McDonalds, Target, Lilly and Aetna... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., informed religious investors this week of the company’s support for the principles.
[Also refers to 2009 shareholder resolutions filed with: 3-M; Abbott Laboratories; Altria; Apple; Bank of America; Boeing; CBS; Coca-Cola Enterprises; DirecTV; ExxonMobil; General Motors; Home Depot; Kohl's; Kroger; Lowe’s; United Technologies; Wyeth; Xerox Corporation.
2008 resolutions filed with Altria; Alliant Tech; Boeing; Comcast; Ford; GM; Loews; Reynolds; UST; United Technologies; Wendy's [part of the Wendy's/Arby's Group]; Xcel.
Other companies that have endorsed health care reform principles: Bristol-Meyers Squibb; Cardinal Health; General Electric; Johnson & Johnson; McDonald’s; Merck; Pfizer; WellPoint]

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14 January 2009

[audio] [Media conference call with shareholder advocates on resolutions regarding US health care reform]

Author: hosted by Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

[Windows Media file]
[participants:
- Rev. David Schilling, program director for human rights, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
- Cathy Rowan, SRI consultant representing American Baptist Home Mission Society and Trinity Health
- Sister Barbara Aires, coordinator of corporate responsibility, Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth (New Jersey)
- Laura Shaffer, director of shareholder activities, Nathan Cummings Foundation]

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